Carnivores and Herbivores: a Kitchen Rocking Duo – A Guest Post

Guest Post courtesy of Benjamin Castillio, content curator representing

The decision of whether to cook forever more with or without meat cannot be made in a night. So why not learn how to make mouth watering dishes that suit both carnivores and herbivores? This very dilemma has challenged many mixed carnivore-herbivore households with interesting results. While either party may or may not be converted to the other side, one thing is for certain; cooking skills from both the flesh food and veggie food worlds can be combined to create elegant, delicious plates. However what is best of all is that you don’t even have to attend one of the many online cooking schools to implement them.

Universal Laws of Good Health

Whether or not you eat meat, increasing your intake of fruits and especially vegetables will bolster your health dramatically. Diets high in plant foods have been credited in everything from reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity, to making certain cancers less likely. This due to the fact that the fruits and vegetables that add so much color and texture to your plate also supercharge your diet with antioxidants, and important vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

To reap the maximum benefits of eating more of these foods, it’s important to eat a variety of them. Although many vegetarians are drawn to a plant-based diet for the very benefits mentioned, new vegetarians are seldom able to prepare a broad enough selection to keep their diets interesting. Meat lovers fall into a similar trap, often times eschewing vegetables and fruits all together with the exception of a baked potato or two or three carrots on special occasions. Learning new and exciting ways to prepare your vegetables and fruits offers a while new world of culinary adventure, as well as a new level of good health.

A Colorful Menu is Exciting

As mentioned above, to benefit from the entire, massive spectrum of powerful nutrients contained in fresh fruits and vegetables, you must play with variety. When you eat from a colorful plate, you are eating nutritiously. Yellow and orange foods add depth of flavor as well as an element of warmth to your dishes along with valuable beta-carotene. Deep green foods alkalinize the body, and energize with B vitamins and minerals. Red and purple fruits are rich in antioxidants, making them crucial in the prevention of cancers and premature aging.

If these health benefits aren’t enough, discovering surprising flavor combinations among their ranks will be sure to resolve any remaining doubts about the wonders of these foods. Carnivores can serve heart healthy salmon fillets dusted with cumin, garlic salt and lemon pepper with a sweet mango salad and stir fried veggies. Meanwhile their vegetarian friends can enjoy a beautiful fillet of tofu marinated in nama shoyu, and the same spices as the salmon. After marinating the tofu, simply add it to the vegetable stir-fry mentioned above. The same thing can be done with pasta dishes and pizzas. Simply add your chosen protein last, as you plate each individual dish.

Meaty Loves Meat-Free

When it comes to adventures in the kitchen, vegetarians can learn much from their carnivorous friends and vice versa. While carnivores are sure to get a kick out of discovering veggies while snacking on things like edamame, or a rich, garlicky roasted eggplant dip, vegetarians can satisfy the craving for savory delicacies by employing the spices and cooking techniques normally reserved for meat lovers. Borrow the spice mix from Grandma’s meatball recipe and use it to season a mixture of marinated portabella mushrooms combined with finely chopped walnuts. Light the grill this summer and have your carnivorous cooking partner show you the best way to prepare some tofu hotdogs or bratwurst. The only common thread needed to create a harmonious kitchen is a shared love of good food.

About Evan Halperin

I like to eat. I like to cook. I like to eat what I cook. Now, I will share with you what I like to cook. My wife and I may be a vegetarian and a carnivore, but it doesn’t mean we can’t cook a nice meal with both, without compromising taste. I will share my creative meals of the Carnivore and the Vegetarian.
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